Homeopathic remedy Aconitum drug symptoms and indications from Condensed Materia Medica by Constantine Hering, published in 1877….

      Monkshood HAHNEMANN. Ranunculaceae.


      Absent mindedness; weakness of memory; cannot remember dates.

Clairvoyance, perception of distant things.

Ecstasy; fancies; delirium, especially at night.

Changing mood, now full of mirth now disposed to tears.

Afraid of a crowd or of crossing busy streets.

Fear of ghosts; of loss of reason; apprehensive of the future.

Fear of approaching death; predicts the day.

Anxiety inconsolable, piteous wailing; reproaches others for the mere trifles; peevish, impatient; pusillanimity.

Anxiety, restless, agonized tossing about.

Oversensitive; cannot bear light or noise; buzzing in the ears; will not be touched or uncovered.

Mood peevish, irritable, malicious; or sad, desponding. After a fright, afraid in the dark. After fright with vexation or anger, heat, congestions, threatened abortion; ailments from fright following later.

Ailments from anger; from chagrin; child has spells of rage.

Imagines some part of the body is deformed, thinks from the stomach.


      Vertigo from congestion, as in the sun, after dry, cold winds; from anger, fright; from suddenly suppressed catamenia, by emotions or cold.

Vertigo from a fall or contusion; face pale or red, but no stupor.

Vertigo on raising the head, especially after lying down in a warm room; nausea, vanishing of sight, loss of consciousness, nosebleed; or reeling as if drunk.

Fainting on rising from a recumbent position, with paleness of the face or congestion to the head.

Inner Head,

      Sunstroke, especially from sleeping in the rays of the sun.

Brain affection of children, with violent pain in head and oversensitiveness of eyes: or lying stupefied, with vomiting, bowels constipated.

Congestion anxiety, with heat and redness of the face, or pale face; carotids pulsate strongly; pulse full, strong, or small and quick; worse toward evening.

Ebullition, with anxiety.

Fulness and heaviness in the forehead, as if the whole brain would start out through the eyes.

Beating and shooting in the head.

Crampy sensation over the root of the nose, feels as if he would lose his sense; suppressed catarrh.

Headache, as if the brain were moved or raised; worse during motion, drinking, talking or sunlight.

Burning, as if the brain were moved by boiling water.

On going into a warm room, forehead feels as if compressed.

Pressure in forehead, temples and top of head.

Headache, with increased secretion of urine.

Outer Head

      Sensation in the vertex as if pulled by the hair.

Sensation of cracking, as from bending tinsel, in temples, forehead and nose, worse toward evening, from motion, better from sitting.

Formication of the scalp, relieved by heat.

Cold sweat on the forehead.


      Aversion to light, particularly sunlight; light dazzles the eyes.

Optical illusions in dark colors or black.

Flickerings make him anxious, fears he might touch people passing by.

Eyes protruding, staring, distorted. Apoplexy. Asthma Tetanus.

Pupils contracted, then dilated.

Eyes red, inflamed, vessels deep red, burning, pressive shooting pains, especially on moving the balls; no discharge; conjunctivitis from exposure to cold, dry winds.

Violent pains, intense congestion; ophthalmia from suppressed gonorrhoea.

Upper half of the eyeball sore when moved.

Profuse lachrymation, with intense pain.

Conjunctivitis from cinders or other foreign bodies.

Lids hard, red, swollen, feel tense; hot, dry, burning and sensitiveness to air; cold water relieves the dry heat.


      Extreme sensitiveness to noises; music unbearable, goes through every limb; makes her sad.

Roaring in the ears.

Tearing in the left ear.

External ear hot, swollen, red, painfully sensitive.


      Smell acutely sensitive.

Nosebleed, bright red.

Coryza: violent sneezing, fever, thirst, restlessness; dry or fluent; caused by cold air or wind.

Coryza, with headache, roaring in the ears, fever, sleeplessness; especially if coryza has been suppressed by exposure; better in the open air, worse from talking.


      Anxious expression.

Face: red and pale alternately; one red, one pale cheek; livid, lips blackish; bloated, unequally red; sensation as if the face was growing larger.

General heat and redness of face, following coldness and sunken look of the same.

On rising, the face turns deadly pale.

Neuralgia of the trigeminus, left side; face red and hot; restlessness, anguish; rolling about screaming. Sensation as if the muscles were firmly but not spasmodically contracted, numbness, heavy feeling of the whole face.

Lower Face

      Lips dry, black, peeling off; complaints on the upper lip.

Burning, tingling, numbness of the lips.

Swelling of the lower jaw, with aching in the face.

Stitching thrusts in the lower jaw.

Mouth drawn to one side. Convulsions.


      Toothache from cold, from dry, cold winds, with throbbing on one side, redness of the cheek, congestion to head, great restlessness; left side.

Grinding the teeth.

Teeth sensitive to cold air; toothache in sound teeth.

Tongue etc.

      Taste: bitter, except water; putrid sweetish; like rotten eggs; flat, nauseous, compels hawking of tough mucus.

Trembling and temporary stammering.

Talking; Tongue feels as if swollen, burning, prickling, tingling.

Numbness of mouth and tongue.

Inner Mouth

      Dryness of the mouth, tongue and lips.

Accumulation of water in the mouth. Ascarides.

Orifices of the salivary ducts sore, as if corroded.

Saliva generally diminished.


      Redness of soft palate and uvula.

Feeling of dryness, as if something had stuck in the throat.

Stinging in the throat; fauces dark-red, burning.

Burning and numbness in the throat; throat almost insensible.

Pricking, burning in throat and along the eustachian tube, compelling swallowing.

Almost entire inability to swallow, with hoarseness.

When swallowing: stinging pains in throat; feels as if food remained in the region of the heart.

Desires Aversions

      Hunger and thirst excessive but eats slowly.

Burning, unquenchable thirst.

Desires for: wine or brandy; beer; bitter drinks.

Loss of appetite or loathing of food, qualmishness.

Eating and Drinking

      Better from cold drinks; anxiety relieved.

Drinking ice water causes cough; gastric catarrh, especially from drinking while overheated.

After eating, violent pain in the stomach, with warmth and tenderness; hiccough; nausea (after meat broths).

After wine, blood-spitting, congestions.

Smoking: aggravates palpitation; stupefies.

Nausea and Vomiting


Nausea, with seat-worms; vomiting of lumbrici and of mucus.

Nausea in oesophagus or stomach, rarely in the throat.

Vomiting: of bile; of green masses; with bitter taste; of blood, of bloody mucus or of what has been drunk, followed by thirst.

Vomiting with anxiety, heat, thirst, profuse sweat and increased micturition.


      Pressure in the pit of the stomach, as from a weight; after repeated vomiting sensation of a cold stone there.

Burning from stomach, up through the oesophagus to mouth.

Sudden excruciating pain, with gagging, retching, vomiting of blood, gasping; cold sweat on forehead; congestion of mucous lining of stomach. Stage of desquamation in scarlatina.

Region of stomach sensitive to touch.


      Anxious feeling in the praecordia.

Pressure or constriction in region of the liver, with oppression of breathing.

Tension and heaviness in the hypochondria.

Stitches in the region of the liver, taking the breath.

Stitches and heat in the diaphragm.


      Colic forces him double, yet relieved in no position; inflammatory, after a cold.

Burning, cutting, darting in the bowels; worse from least pressure or lying on right side.

Abdomen hot to the touch, distended, sensitive; paroxysm of anguish.

Umbilical region hard, swollen. Seat-worms.

Meteorism, vomiting, inability to urinate.

Cutting extending in a circle, from spine to abdomen.

Incarcerated hernia, with bilious vomiting; hernia with excessive sensibility and inflammation or with cold, clammy sweat.

Stool etc.

      Stool scanty, loose, frequent, with tenesmus; small, brown, painful, at last bloody. Dysentery.

White, with dark red urine.

Like chopped herbs. Summer complaint.

Bilious diarrhoea of infants, with colic.

Diarrhoea from getting wet; slimy, bloody stools, violent pains in the bowels; tenesmus, also between discharges.

Urging; slimy stools; intolerable nightly tingling, itching at the anus. Seat-worms.

Dysentery or inflammatory diarrhoea during hot days and cold nights.

Cutting, gripping followed by frequent urging to stool after anger or fright.

Alternate slimy stools and constipation. Icterus.

Constipation; clay-colored stools.

Bleeding piles, inflamed; stinging and pressure in anus.


      Sensitiveness of the renal region; shooting pains.

Micturition painful, difficult, drop by drop; frequent desire.

Urine scanty, fiery, scalding hot, dark red, turbid.

Brown, burning urine, with brick-colored sediment.

Enuresis, with thirst.

Diuresis, with headache or profuse sweat.

Retention or suppression of urine, with pressure in the bladder or stitches in the region of the kidney; retention from cold especially in children, with much crying and restlessness.

Haematuria, with hemorrhoids of anus or bladder; burning distress in the urethra.

Male Sexual Organs

      Sexual desire increased; fits of lasciviousness.

Increased desire in the evening, with the heat and sweat.

Sexual desire decreased, with relaxed parts; tingling in parts.

Bruised pain in the testicles.

Testes feel swollen and hard.

Children reach with their hands to the genitals. Cystitis.

Female Sexual Organs

      Ovaritis, painful urging to urinate; high fever; also after the menstrual flow is suddenly checked.

Prolapsus uteri, occurring suddenly, with inflammation. bitter vomit, cold sweat, or dry, hot skin.

Metritis, sharp shooting pains, abdomen exceedingly tender.

Menses: generally too late, diminished, but too protracted; plethoric females who lead a sedentary life; tendency of blood to head and chest; profuse, with nosebleed; suppressed by fright, with vexation.

Leucorrhoea copious, tenacious, yellowish.

Labor-like pressing in the womb; has to bend double, but relieved in no position. Dysmenorrhoea.

Uterine hemorrhage active, much excitability, giddy, cannot sit up, fear of death.


      During pregnancy, restless, fear of death, predicts the time of her death.

Impending abortion from fright, with vexation; circulation excited, rapid breathing.

Labor-pains violent, follow in rapid succession; parts dry, tender, undilatable; contractions insufficient.

After-pains too painful, too long-lasting.

Milk-fever with delirium; mammae hot.

Child-bed fever, lochia suppressed, mammae lax, empty, skin hot, dry; pulse hard, frequent or contracted; eyes wild, staring, glittering; tongue dry, abdomen inflated, sensitive.

Return of the lochia, when women commence going about after confinement.

Newborn children: asphyxia, apoplectic symptoms, hot, purplish, breathless, pulseless; icterus: ophthalmia; retained urine.


      Croaking voice.

Larynx sensitive to touch.

Laryngitis. with inflammatory fever; also with suffocative spasms (spasms of the glottis).

Laryngeal complaints after straining the voice.

Dryness in the windpipe causing a frequent little cough.

Croup: awaking in first sleep; child in agony, impatient, tosses about; dry, short cough, but not much wheezing nor sawing breathing; cough and loud breathing during expiration; every expiration ending with a hoarse, hacking cough; after exposure to dry, cold winds.


      Labored, anxious, or quick and superficial, short, when sleeping or raising one’s self; deep slow sighing.

Breath hot; hot feeling in lungs.

Asthma from active hyperaemia of lungs and brain, face red, eyes staring; after emotions; can talk but little at a time; loud, strong, noisy breathing, with open mouth.

Asthma after suppression of an acute rash; feeling of a band around the chest; muscles of the chest are rigid; occasionally vomiting urine scanty, dark; after the paroxysm, the sputum, is yellow or blood-streaked.

Agony, sits up straight, can hardly breathe; pulse like a thread, vomiturition; sweat, with anxiety; swelling under short ribs After scarlatina.

Oppression of the chest when moving fast or ascending. Heart disease.


      Child grasps its throat every time it coughs.

Cough: dry and painful: short, dry hacking, excited by tickling in the larynx, spasmodic, rough, croaking, with danger of suffocation; dry, hard, ringing.

Expectoration absent; or bloody; thick, white mucus.

Cough worse after taking cold; drinking cold water; from tobacco smoke; lying on either side; evening, night, more after midnight.

Lying on the back partially relieves dry cough with nervous excitability.


      Haemoptysis: blood comes with an easy hawking, hemming or slight cough; expression of anxiety; great fear of death; palpitation; quick pulse; stitches in the chest, caused by mental excitement; exposure to dry, cold air; after wine.

Stitches about the chest; cannot lie on the right side; only on the back, dry hacking cough. Pleurisy.

Lancinating through the chest, with dry heat, difficult breathing, often violent chill.

Pressure, weight and burning under sternum.

Heart Pulse

      Oppression about the heart, burning flushes along the back.

Anxiety about the praecordia, heart beats quicker and stronger; fear of death.

Palpitation. with a feeling as if boiling water was poured into the chest.

Anxiety difficulty of breathing flying heat in face sensation of something rushing into the head.

Feeling of fulness; pulse hard, strong contracted; stitches at the heart lies on the back, with raised shoulders constriction of the chest.

Fainting with tingling.

During three beats the apex strikes only one.

Pulse: full hard strong in fevers inflammation; small intermittent irregular, in asthma quicker than the the beat of the heart; quick hard, small in peritonitis; when slow, almost imperceptible thread-like with anxiety; full, hard, and frequent, succeeding chill, during which it was small and weak.

Neck and Back

      Tearing in nape of neck.

Painful stiff neck, worse moving the neck pains down the neck to the right shoulder.

Bruised pain between the shoulders.

Drawing tearing pain in the scapulae.

pain in the back prevents his taking a deep inspiration.

Stiffness of the back.

Crawling in the spine, as from beetles formication.

Numbness of small of back, extending into lower limbs.

Cutting pain in circles from spine to abdomen.

Pain in the small of the back especially at last lumbar vertebrae as if beaten.

Spasms from inflammatory affections of the spine.

Upper Limbs

      Tearing pain in the in the shoulder-joint.

Formication in arms hands and fingers.

Arms hand down powerless, as if paralyzed by blows.

Numbness of the left arm; can scarcely move the hand; tingling of the fingers.

Shooting pains, tearing, erratic, in arms, forearms, wrists and fingers-joints.

Paralysis of the wrists.

Creeping in the fingers while writing.

Red pimples on the back of the hands stinging itching.

Hands icy-cold cold, sweaty palms.

Liver limbs.

      Drawing-tearing in left hip-joint on moving.

Shooting tearing pains in legs, knees, ankles toes etc.

Limbs feel tired during repose.

Legs almost powerless after sitting numbness.

Cramps in the calves.

Legs and feet feel numb tingling, commencing in the feet and spreading upwards.

Sensation as if drops of cold water trickled down the front of the thighs.

Numbness in the gouty limb.

Hot pricking in the toes;toes “go to sleep” while walking.

Coldness of the feet and ankles; soles and toes cold and sweaty.

Limbs in general.

      Bruised, heavy feeling.

Numbness icy-coldness and insensibility of hands and feet.

Hot hands and cold feet.

Rheumatic inflammation of the joints worse evening and night; intense, bright red, shining swelling of the parts, sensitive to the least contract.

Lameness and numb-feeling in effected parts pain intolerable.

Position etc.

      Rest: Lying down: on right side: on either side:; on back Sitting Sits up straight: cannot sit up: Rising: Must bend double: Motion: Walking : Moving fast: Ascending:.


      Great irritation of the nervous system.

Convulsions of children, teething, heat startings, twitches of single muscles; child gnaws its fists, frets, cries; costive or dark watery stools.

Trembling palpitation; muscles feel bruised.

Numbness, tingling; left side lame; paralysis of the limbs.

Jerks of left leg or arm; grinding teeth; comatose, restless, moaning.

Lassitude, bruised feeling and restlessness of the body.


      Sleepiness; spasmodic yawning.

Sleeplessness after midnight, with anxiety restlessness, continual tossing about; eyes closed.

Sleeplessness caused by fear, fright, or anxiety, with fear of the future.

Dreams anxious, vivid.


      Evening; Night: After midnight:.

Temperature and Weather

      Sun: Hot days and cool nights: Warm room: Open air: Dry, cold wind: Cold water:

Getting wet: Uncovering:

After cold land wind (W., n.W.) in coughs, croup, etc.

Chill Fever Sweat

      Chill at the beginning violent, more in the evening after lying down, often with hot cheek and contracted pupils.

Chilly, if uncovered or touched.

With the chill: internal heat, anxiety, red cheeks; body chilly, hot forehead and ears, internal heat.

Shivering ascends from feet to chest.

Dry heat, with thirst, sharp breathing, quick, hard full pulse.

Covered or affected parts sweat profusely; like to be uncovered.

Profuse hot sweat during sleep (also in consumptives).

Bad effects from suppressed sweat.



To be given in cases going from right to left; earache, faceache, toothache, arm numb.

Left to right: paralysis (the opposite with the sick).


      Burning, tingling and numbness.

Coldness and retarded venous circulation.

Oversensitive to pain; pains, especially at night, seem insufferable.


      Increased action of serous membranes, reddening their capillary vessels.

Arterial system dominant; has but little effect on changed blood corpuscles; of no use in typhoid states.

Congestions with the mind symptoms.

Housemaid’s knee, acute symptoms.

Glands painful, hot swollen.

Burning through all the mucous membranes.

Contact Injuries etc.

      Touch : Pressure : Contusion: Fall:.


      Red, shining, hot swelling; violent pains.

Dark, miliary rash.

Rash like measles, pains in the joints; dry, barking cough cannot bear light; hot, dry skin.

Scarlet rash, with high fever.

Spots like flea-bites; itching unchanged by scratching.

Erysipelas, smooth skin; violent fever.

Erythema from the sun’s rays; papular erythema.

Yellow skin. Jaundice.

Dryness and burning of the skin.

Stages and States

      Children’s diseases, with high fever.

Dark hair and eyes.

Persons leading a sedentary life.

Old age; sleeplessness.

Especially persons with tonicity (rigidity) of fibre.

Contra-indicated in fevers which bring out eruptions or are otherwise salutary, unless there is agonizing tossing with dry skin.


      Antidotes to it:, Paris, Vinum.

Aconite is an antidote to Bellad., Chamom., Coffea, Nux vomica, Petrol., Sepia, Sulphur, Veratrum

After Aconite follow well: Arnic. Bellad., Bryon., Sepia and Sulphur; in gastric states, after pulmonary febrile affection: Ipecac.; in colic: Arsen.; in cough: Bryon., Spongia.

Aconite may often be indicated after Arnic., Coffea, Sulphur and Veratrum

Mercur. follows well in dysentery.

Complementary to Coffea, in fever, sleeplessness, intolerance of pain; to Arnic. in bruises; and to Sulphur, high.

Ailments from Acon: Actea rac., Chamom, Coffea, Nux vomica, Petrol., Sepia, Sulphur.

Abuse of Aconite calls for Sulphur.

C. Hering
Hering got the degree of M. D. from the University of Wuezburg with highest honours. The theme of his thesis was "De'Medicina Futura" (The medicine of future). Hering left Germany for West Indies and finally arrived at Philadelphia in Jan, 1833. He established a homeopathic school at Allentown, Pennsylvania, commonly known as "Allentown Academy". Soon he became very popular as a physician. He is known as the 'Father of Homeopathy' in America.